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What is the hardest substance in the human body? You might be surprised to learn that it is your tooth enamel. It is the first line of defense against the plaque, and bacteria that lead to tooth decay. As tough as your enamel is, it is not impregnable. Acid in your foods and your beverages can wear down your tooth enamel over time, leaving your teeth vulnerable to cavities and infection.

While citrus fruits provide vitamins that are bodies need, they also contain acids that can attack our teeth. It is a good idea to enjoy your orange or grapefruit with a glass of water. Soft drinks, energy and sports drinks and juices all contain acids. You may want to cut back on these drinks and have more water instead. Acid reflux, morning sickness during pregnancy, and an upset stomach that may come with a bout of the flu will result in more acid in your mouth. After vomiting, rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth 30 minutes after.

You can stop acid in its tracks by brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and by flossing once a day. If you want to brush after a meal or a snack, wait for 30 minutes to give your saliva mouth time to rinse your mouth. Seeing your dentist for your routine dental visit will give him the opportunity to remove any plaque and tartar that you may have missed while brushing, and can check your mouth and teeth for problems such as cavities, gum disease and dental erosion. If you are concerned about dental erosion, or if it is time for your cleaning and exam, our dentist, Dr. Shoaf at Complete Dental Care has a chair for you! If you live in the Bethel Park, Pennsylvania area, you can call 412-253-4671 today to schedule an appointment.